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Auraria Campus will host free COVID-19 testing for the Denver community

King Soopers announces partnership with Colorado State Emergency Operations Center for drive-thru testing Tuesday and Wednesday.

April 27, 2020

COVID-19 testing sign with arrow.On April 26, King Soopers announced a partnership with the Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) for free COVID-19 drive-thru testing. The first testing will be at the Auraria Campus April 28-29.

Testing site information:

Tuesday, April 28 and Wednesday, April 29

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fifth Street Garage, 650 Walnut St.

Registration is required. Register at or call 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3)

"King Soopers' vision is to help people live healthier lives, and it has never been more important as we help to expand testing across Colorado," said Steve Burnham, president of King Soopers. "This work, like all work we do, is guided by our values and our promise - to feed the human spirit. We continue to make decisions that balance the safety of our associates with our commitments to our customers and communities. That is why King Soopers and Kroger Health will be donating all professional services at drive-thru testing facilities, these services include ordering and observing the COVID-19 tests."

King Soopers and SEOC want to thank Auraria Campus for the use of their facility and logistics support.

“We’re proud to do our part to support the expansion of testing in Colorado by partnering with the state’s Unified Coordination Center and King Soopers admirable efforts to make COVID-19 testing more accessible to Coloradans,” said Colleen Walker, chief executive officer, Auraria Higher Education Center. 

Coloradans must register at or call 1-888-852-2567 (select option 1, then option 3)

People seeking a test will use a virtual screening tool based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to see if they are eligible.

Those eligible will next select a testing location and appointment time. Then, registrants will receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork to complete. When a person arrives for their test, they should have their photo ID ready and should leave their window rolled up for check-in, until a health care practitioner comes to the car to administer the test.

For the testing, patients remain in their cars throughout the process, which is completed in just a few minutes using self-administered test kits. The test uses self-administered nasal swabs, which are less painful and designed to increase safety. Testing services are provided at no cost through various partnerships, including with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, eTrueNorth and Gravity Diagnostics. Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours.
The Auraria testing site is estimated to have capacity for 250 vehicles per day.

The Health Center at Auraria will continue its testing services for members of the campus community.

Topics: AHEC, Health, Safety

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